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FRONTLINE on Tamil Leaders’ Response to the Financial Crisis

INTERVIEW: M.A. SUMANTHIRAN ……‘They kept denying that there was a crisis’

R.K. RADHAKRISHNANIN COLOMBO  Print edition : April 22, 202

M.A. Sumanthiran: “… the triggering of this crisis seems to be the heavy tax cuts that were introduced soon after Gotabaya Rajapaksa became President…. As much as 33 per cent of the people fell outside the tax net as a result…. Once it starts sliding, you can’t pull it back.” Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

 

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Kenneth Bush’s Study of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka in 2003

Michael Roberts

This work is one that never came into my orbit and it is chance today that brought it to my attention …. and in recent correspondence Niggy aka Nirgunan Tiruchelvam in Singapore praised the work. So, let me present its “frontal view” and encourage readers to comment on its data and approaches.

 

 

 

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Understanding China’s Foreign Manoeuvres: Western Misconceptions

Mr C[1]

I found the essay by Asoka Bandarage[2]  as okay, but it suffers from a few argumentative flaws I will discuss in this article.  The writer Bandarage has made many claims. Some of these I agree with. Her main argument comes towards the end of the article which may be summarized as follows: Sri Lanka must avoid being exploited by foreign powers or caught up in geopolitical adventures played out between India, China and the US which it can achieve by creating food and energy security for itself by exploiting natural resources, and he mentions an area of Sri Lanka containing oil and gas resources. We know Sri Lanka is a fertile land and can easily sustain rice and food crops, if managed properly.  While I agree Sri Lanka should strive for its own food and energy security, I am not sure this will be achievable in the case of energy security without significant foreign investment, which means the geopolitical problems he refers to are unlikely to go away.

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Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Masquerade stripped Naked by ….

Captain Elmo Jayawardena

Let me start by writing what I perceive somewhat as the truth. The last thing anyone knows in Sri Lanka is the truth. It has always been in masquerade as long as I can remember. I have to trigger this parody at the Rogues’ Gallery in Diyawanna Oya.

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Some Sources on the Ceylon National Congress, 1919-50

Thuppahi’s ‘Gift’ to Assiduous Students Today

 

 

 

Ponnambalam Arunachalam

EW Perera

CWW Kannangara

 

 

 

 

1. Ariyaratne, R. A. 1977. “Communal Conflict and the Formation of the Ceylon National Congress”. The Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies, 1977 Vol. VII No. 1 , pp. 57-82. http://dlib.pdn.ac.lk/handle/1/3639 (PDF available) …….

An  extensive 26-page paper providing a detailed overview on Ceylon National Association, CNC, and places it within the context of territorial and communal division. Also talks about the CAN and CNC as “open” reform societies, and outlines how they consisted of a cross-section of westernized elites.

  • Excerpt: A rift with the Government having thus already been created, and without a European go-between the reform leaders convened the first session of the Ceylon National Congress on 11 December 1919. Its principal architect, Arunachalam, was elected the first President. Recalling his uphill task, he wrote in 1923 “Only those who have been in the inner councils of the reform movement can know how difficult it was to bring the various communities together on a common platform, what toil and tact were needed to educate the people in their rights and duties to remove ancient prejudices and jealousies, to harmonies differences and dissensions and create the indispensable basis of mutual trust and co-operation”.

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Rejuvenating Sri Lanka? An Opportune Moment Now?

Andrew Fidel Fernando, whose chosen title reads A chance to hit refresh in Sri Lanka”

Could the pluralistic ethos of the uprising bring the country back from Sinhalese majoritarianism?

Having swept to power in a landslide victory in late 2019, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wasted no time declaring unequivocally that his would be a Sinhalese ethno-nationalist state. He chose to be inaugurated at the island’s ancient Buddhist capital, Anuradhapura, the military and Buddhist clergy in heavy attendance.

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Solar Power can resolve Sri Lanka’s Energy Crisis

A Professorial Collective  in The Island, 3 March 2022, …… deploying this title “Role of solar energy in overcoming Sri Lanka’s energy crisis”

We are writing this article after watching the Derana TV “Aluth Parlimenthuwa” – “Viduliya Mahajana Peminilla” on 26th January 2022, and after reading a newspaper item where the State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Duminda Dissanayake has stated in Parliament that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has not provided the connections for 40MW roof top solar panel systems for almost two years after they were installed on the roofs of homes. It is strange that the Minister has no power to take action against individuals in his own Ministry who block the entry of solar energy to the national grid and provide us with a way to overcome the current power crisis.

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Ukraine Crisis: Some Fundamental Issues

Noel Carl:  “A Sceptical Take on the Ukraine Crisis,” 2 Mactrh 2022

n a recent post for the Daily Sceptic, Toby claims the received wisdom on the Ukraine crisis is basically right, noting that he’s “experienced the unusual sensation of feeling more in step with the mainstream media than I have with my sceptical friends”. While he makes some good points, I don’t think he really steelmans the sceptical position.

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John Mearsheimer’s Critique of US Policy in Ukraine

John Mearsheimer …. “Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer” … speaking in 2015

UnCommon Core: The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis ………………………………… John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science and Co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, assesses the causes of the present Ukraine crisis, the best way to end it, and its consequences for all of the main actors. A key assumption is that in order to come up with the optimum plan for ending the crisis, it is essential to know what caused the crisis. Regarding the all-important question of causes, the key issue is whether Russia or the West bears primary responsibility.

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Lankan Cricketers in the Eye of A Terrorist Storm: Pictorials

The Islamic terrorist attack of March 2009 near Gaddafi Stadium at Lahore was a traumatic event which endangered the Sri Lankan cricket team as well as a mini-bus bearing cricketing officials. The team were extremely fortunate to survive withonly aa few minor injuries. Photogaphs can only provide a smidgeon of the impact.

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